قرار دادن ترمز بر رفتار ضد اجتماعی: اختلالات فکری و روانی ثانویه و تنظیمات بعد از خطا در زمان واکنش
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|34324||2008||12 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||4905 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Personality and Individual Differences, Volume 44, Issue 8, June 2008, Pages 1807–1818
Psychopathy is both a clinical disorder and an individual difference dimension that is strongly predictive of antisocial behavior. The present work focuses on a dimensional understanding of psychopathy and recognizes the distinction between primary and secondary psychopathy. Following from the conceptualization of secondary psychopathy as a type of impulsivity which renders an individual less capable of learning from prior mistakes, the authors hypothesized that individuals high in secondary psychopathy would be less likely to adjust behavioral performance following errors. Two studies, involving a total of 104 undergraduate volunteers, were conducted. As hypothesized, individuals high in secondary (but not primary) psychopathy exhibited a reduced tendency to slow behavioral performance following errors. The findings highlight the manner in which an error self-regulation model can shed light on the processing basis of secondary psychopathy and its correlates.
When Cleckley (1941) originally described the construct of psychopathy, it is unlikely that he could have appreciated the degree to which this individual difference variable would capture the public imagination. Countless movies (e.g., Psycho; Silence of the Lambs) and television programs (e.g., Law and Order) have depicted criminals who possess many of the traits that Cleckley described as characteristic of the prototypical psychopath. Such characters exhibit pervasive antisocial tendencies even in the face of extreme societal censure. Moreover, they are frequently depicted as cold-hearted and impulsive, often acting aggressively on the basis of whims or fleeting desires. Although these popular depictions as well as the preponderance of psychological research has focused on criminal psychopaths, Cleckley (1941) viewed psychopathy as a continuous dimension of personality that varies from extreme clinical cases to more modest sub-clinical cases. Empirical support for this dimensional view is relatively recent. Studies have shown that psychopathy has dimensional characteristics that can be reliably measured among normal populations (e.g., Levenson et al., 1995 and Marcus et al., 2004). Furthermore, such research has shown that sub-clinical psychopathy measures are predictive of individual variation in antisocial behavior (Levenson et al., 1995). Finally, authors have converged on the idea that many of the mechanisms proposed to underlie criminal psychopathy also appear to underlie sub-clinical variations in this construct (Benning et al., 2005 and Vanman et al., 2003). In the current investigation, we sought to further contribute to this dimensional view of psychopathy. Psychopathy is thought to encompass two distinct but related dysfunctions (Frick, 1995 and Harpur et al., 1988). The first dysfunction, commonly termed primary psychopathy, refers to a type of emotional callousness involving a lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse. Individuals high in primary psychopathy are thought to engage in antisocial actions precisely because they lack the emotional reactions (e.g., guilt) that stop most individuals from engaging in behavior harmful toward others (Blair, Mitchell, & Blair, 2005). The second dysfunction, commonly termed secondary psychopathy, has been characterized less in terms of emotional deficits and more in terms of impulsive tendencies towards antisocial behavior (e.g., Fowles & Dindo, 2006). From this view, secondary psychopathy is linked to a lack of behavioral restraint and an inability to modulate existing behavioral patterns (Fowles and Dindo, 2006 and Morgan and Lilienfeld, 2000). Previous research has primarily focused on the emotional deficit thought to underlie primary psychopathy (Benning et al., 2005 and Vanman et al., 2003). In the present research, we instead focus on the impulsive deficit thought to be characteristic of individual differences in secondary psychopathy. Researchers have often suggested that cognitive control deficits may underlie this dimension (Colledge and Blair, 2001 and Morgan and Lilienfeld, 2000). Considering the high recidivism rates associated with secondary psychopathy (Walters, 2003), it is likely that such deficits should involve an inability to modulate behavior that has resulted in negative outcomes in the past (e.g., Newman & Lorenz, 2003). Based on this line of reasoning, we hypothesized that secondary psychopathy might be systematically linked to deficits in the modulation of error-prone behavior. A great deal of cognitive and neurocognitive research has contributed to a systematic understanding of the manner in which individuals recognize and reduce their tendencies toward error (Botvinick, Braver, Barch, Carter, & Cohen, 2001). Such research indicates that the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) can detect performance-related errors quite quickly (i.e., within 100 ms of the commission of the error; Gehring, Goss, Coles, Meyer, & Donchin, 1993). Moreover, it is apparent that the detection of an error triggers efforts to avoid errors in the future (Botvinick et al., 2001 and Kerns et al., 2004). An excellent behavioral measure of these error-regulation processes can be found by examining the extent to which an individual slows behavioral performance following the commission of an error (Gehring et al., 1993, Hajcak et al., 2003 and Kerns et al., 2004). Such post-error adjustment tendencies have been linked to subsequent reductions in error-likelihood (Rabbitt, 1966) and to more general capacities for self-regulation in the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral realms (Robinson, 2007a and Robinson et al., 2007). Thus, post-error adjustments in reaction time are believed to be reflective of one’s ability to learn from prior mistakes (Kerns et al., 2004) and modulate behavior accordingly (Robinson, 2007a). As such, we predicted that higher levels of secondary psychopathy should be associated with reduced behavioral adjustments following errors. Moreover, we predicted that such tendencies would be specific to secondary psychopathy and not apparent in relation to primary psychopathy. Such a differential relationship would provide support for dual-deficit models of psychopathy (e.g., Fowles & Dindo, 2006), which view secondary (but not primary) psychopathy as reflecting impulsive cognitive deficits. Furthermore, such results would complement prior research which has indicated that primary (but not secondary) psychopathy reflects an emotional deficit rather than a deficit in cognitive control (Benning et al., 2005 and Vanman et al., 2003). To examine such predictions, we conducted two studies involving choice reaction time (RT) tasks. Such tasks were varied across studies in order to support the general nature of the findings. We also examined the possibility that impaired post-error adjustments might function as a mechanism predisposing individuals high in secondary psychopathy to increased error-prone behavior. Two studies were conducted along these lines. Because of their similar nature, we present them together.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The present two studies were conducted within the context of a dimensional view of psychopathy, and it was hypothesized that secondary, but not primary, psychopathy would systematically predict reduced tendencies to adjust one’s behavior following errors. Two studies supported this specific link of secondary psychopathy to deficits in post-error adjustments. The results therefore isolate a unique processing correlate of secondary psychopathy. We suggest that a cognitive control perspective can help us understand why individuals high in secondary psychopathy do not seem to learn from their past mistakes.